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  • A Call for Scaled-Up R&D for Neglected Diseases / Una llamada para más I+D para las enfermedades olvidadas / Uma chamada para aumento de P&D sobre as doenças negligenciadas

    Monday, February 23rd, 2009

    From the Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative (DNDi):
    MSF and DNDi Call for Scale-Up of R&D for Neglected Diseases

    Greater Governmental Leadership is needed to Foster Medical Innovation for Millions Suffering from Neglected Diseases

    The international medical humanitarian organization Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) and the Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative (DNDi) called today for more sustainable funding […]

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    Brazil Creates 22 New National Research Institutes

    Wednesday, February 4th, 2009

    Brazil’s National Council for the Development of Science and Technology (CNPq) just announced the creation of 22 new National Institutes of Science and Technology (INCTs), bringing the number of such national institutes to 123, with total financial resources for R&D of R$581 million.  Nine of the new INCTs will go to São Paulo (SP), four […]

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    Nova Rede Brasileira de Pesquisa Sobre a Cadeia Produtiva do Biodiesel

    Tuesday, November 4th, 2008

    Desde o Conselho Nacional de Desenvolvimento Científico e Tecnológico (CNPq):
    Pesquisadores criam rede de pesquisa sobre a cadeia produtiva do biodiesel
    Biodiesel é um combustível obtido de misturas em diferentes proporções de diesel fóssil e alquilésteres de óleos vegetais ou gorduras animais, segundo a definição do Programa Brasileiro de Biodiesel. Este combustível, obtido com misturas nas proporções […]

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    CNPq vai investir R$ 22 milhões em biodiesel / CNPq to Invest R$22 Million in Biodiesel Production Research

    Tuesday, September 9th, 2008

    Brazil’s National Council on Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq) has announced that it will invest R$22 million to stimulate research into improving biodiesel production.  The offering involves four different calls for proposals, and involves funds from the National Fund for Scientific and Technological Development (Fundo Nacional de Desenvolvimento Científico e Tecnológico – FNDCT), CNPq’s Agro-business […]

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    São Paulo’s New Bioenergy Research Program

    Tuesday, July 8th, 2008

    Synopsis in English: The state Research Foundation of São Paulo (Fapesp) has just launched a special program Research on Bioenergy (Bioen) that aims at marshalling the state’s considerable public and private R&D resources to adavance and apply all knowledge linked to ethanol production. São Paulo leads Brazil in ethanol production, and Brazil rivals the […]

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    CNPq to Invest R$22 million in Biofuel Research

    Sunday, November 4th, 2007

    Brazil's National Council on Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq) has announced that it will invest R$ 22 million to stimulate research that aids improvements in the production of ethanol and biodiesel in Brazil.  The resources will be tapped from CNPq's existing Sectoral Funds for Petroleum and Natural Gas (CT-Petro), Agro-business (CT-Agro) and Biotechnology (CT-Biotechnology).  Two […]

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    Minas’ New Focal Point for Waste Matters

    Thursday, September 27th, 2007

    In June the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais opened an institution that, to my knowledge, is unique in Brazil, if not the rest of Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC).   The Minas Waste Reference Center (Centro Mineiro de Referência em Resíduos – CMRR) is intended to be the state's focal point for everything and anything […]

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    Toward a Brazilian Certification Program for Biofuel

    Wednesday, August 15th, 2007

    Synopsis in English: At the end of July Brazil’s national certification authority, the National Institute of Meteorology, Standardization and Industrial Quality (INMETRO) held a consultation at their office in Rio de Janeiro on its plan to launch a Brazilian Biofuel Certification Program. The program primarily aims at helping Brazilian biofuel exports (particularly, but not […]

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    A Bioenergy Law in Limbo

    Wednesday, June 20th, 2007

    Approved, But Not Yet Law
    The Mexican Congress passed a national bioenergy bill at the end of April, but you’d hardly know it. The action was only briefly noted in a few national and specialized journals at the time. No big momentous press releases issued from the President’s office, or the Secretaries of Energy, […]

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